It was only a couple of weeks ago that Nintendo’s mobile puzzler Dr. Mario World reached its first anniversary, and now, the franchise has an even greater milestone to brag about. 30 years ago today, on July 27th, 1990, the original Dr. Mario game first launched on Nintendo’s Famicom in Japan, and to celebrate, the latest Dr. Mario World update adds the good doctor in his original, pixelated form.

You’ll want to act fast, as 8-Bit Dr. Mario is only available for a limited time from July 30th at 10:59 p.m. PT to July 31st at 5:59 a.m. UTC. Just sign into the game between this timeframe, and you will receive him as a free login bonus.
 

 
8-Bit Dr. Mario can eliminate special viruses with his signature magnifying glass in Stage Mode, and stop opponents from controlling half-capsules in Versus Mode. For more stats and gameplay, check out the trailer above.
 

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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!

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